“As soon as you can give it all up, you can have it all.” - Ram Dass
Today, I'll introduce the concept of aparigraha, otherwise know as non-grasping or non-attachment. This is one of the more well-known tenets of yoga philosophy, and an entire book could be devoted to this alone. However, this entry will be a short and sweet primer on non-attachment.
The quote above conveys the paradox and reward of non-attachment. It's funny but when I look back at many of the successes of my life, they came to me after I had let go or surrendered of any particular outcome of my efforts.
Often, though, before the release, we find ourselves tense, either clenching our jaws, stomachs, shoulders, or other body parts (recall the phrase anal retentive). One way to move that tension out of the body is to physically move your body in coordination with your breath. Below is a simple sequence to help dispel that grasping tension:
1. Come to child's pose: kneel on the floor and then fold forward, draping your torso over your thighs and bringing your forehead to the floor. Stretch your arms above your head, palms pressing into the ground.
2. Inhale up to a table-top position on your knees and hands.
3. Exhale back down to your child's pose.
4. Repeat 3 or more times, resting in child's pose when you have finished.
5. While in final child's pose, turn your palms up so they now face the ceiling. Stay here for 6 full breaths, focusing on the exhale.
As always, let me know if this sequence helped you out or if you have your own routines for releasing stress.